Things got way too real for the popular NBC television series “Law & Order: Organized Crime” when a crew member was gunned down on the mean streets of New York City in yet another one of the violent acts that have become commonplace in the Big Apple where criminals have been emboldened by years of soft on crime Democrat leadership.
On Tuesday, the shocking news came that 31-year-old Johnny Pizarro was shot multiple times sitting in his car while reserving parking spots as the show prepared to film a scene on location, a tragic incident that left his colleagues and family searching for answers for the sudden, brutal act.
The married father of three had just begun his shift when, at approximately 5:15 am while sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn, a man reportedly opened the door to the vehicle and opened fire.
“It was crazy, ’a colleague of Pizarro who asked not to be named told the New York Post, ”
“I didn’t hear an argument or nothing. It was quiet, early morning,’’ said the colleague. It was just a pop, and the [gunman] ran up towards Nassau [Avenue]. I only heard one bang, but I don’t know how many shots. I don’t even know who would do this or why.’’
The victim was shot multiple times in the face and neck and taken to Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn where he was pronounced dead.
(Video: YouTube/CBS New York)
Currently, there is no known suspect and no motive as police are investigating the senseless shooting of the Queens resident.
“The motive for the killing was unclear, but cops said they are not ruling out anything — including whether it may have stemmed from a parking dispute,” according to the New York Post.
“We were terribly saddened and shocked to hear that one of our crew members was the victim of a crime early this morning and has died as a result,” NBC and studio Universal Television said in a joint statement, according to showbiz website Variety. “We are working with local law enforcement as they continue to investigate. Our hearts go out to his family and friends and we ask that you respect their privacy during this time.”
(Image: Screengrab/The Daily Mail)
The victim’s father, 54-year-old Johnny Sr., who resides in Puerto Rico told the New York Post that “he and his son hadn’t been close but reconnected somewhat in the past three years.”
“It shocked me very hard,’’ the elder Pizarro said of the bad news. “We weren’t close, but he’s my son no matter what. Now he’s gone for good, forever.”
“I feel lost. To me, he was a good boy. He took care of his children. He was always nice to me,” he told the outlet.
According to Variety, “Filming was to take place in the neighborhood Tuesday, and Pizarro was there early as part of set security and parking enforcement. He was employed by a private company that was contracted by the production. It is unclear at the time of this publishing if the killer knew the victim or what the possible motive could be. The killer was described by witnesses as wearing a black hoodie and black pants.”
The show was filming for its third season, one of three “Law & Order” shows airing on NBC.
New York City’s Democrat Mayor Eric Adams, a retired police officer, campaigned on getting crime under control but so far has had little success as the bodies continue to pile up.
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